Pitlick Pot OT winner, Leafs drop the ball vs. injury-ravaged Habs: Moozy’s Moozings
On paper, Saturday night’s matchup between Toronto and Montreal was extremely one-sided. But as they say, they play games.
Rem Pitlik scored the OT winner as the injury-plagued Canadiens (20-24-3) dropped their fifth straight 3-2 loss to Toronto (28-11-8) at the Bell Centre.
The Leafs, who fell to 4-8 in OT this season, led 2-0 after the first period before things fell apart in the second. Leaf killers Josh Anderson and Rafael Harvey-Pinard responded for Montreal. Due to strong goaltending on both sides, it will be a goal in regulation. Samuel Montembeault looked like prime Carey Price making 36 stops to improve to 10-8-2 on the season. Meanwhile, Ilya Samsonov delivered another strong showing with 26 saves.
Mark Giordano and Cale Jarnkrok scored for Toronto.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s a game, even though they lost to a glorious AHL team. The loss will have no effect on the upcoming first-round showdown with Tampa this spring.
Death, Tax and Josh Anderson Scoring Vs. Toronto
At the rate he scores against them, I think the Leafs should consider trading for Josh Anderson. Seriously, this is getting ridiculous, and most importantly, he won’t be able to torment them anymore. The Burlington native now has four goals in his past five games and 12 goals in 29 regular season games against his hometown team. He was a beast again on Saturday night. If I’m in Tampa, I’ll be sniffing around, especially knowing who my first-round opponent will be. significant
For the third straight appearance, I stuck with Ilya Samsonov though. And quite frankly, if not for him, I’m not sure Toronto would have secured a point in this game. Furthermore, after a dominant first for the Leafs, it really felt like the game could lead to laughs. Was that far from the truth, or what? Having said that, Montreal always plays Toronto hard, so it’s not like they’re jumping on them or anything. For what it’s worth, I’ll continue to ride with Samsonov. He has improved over the course of the game.
Bad second period
I don’t want to overreact, but that second period was as bad as the Leafs have probably seen since October. It was embarrassing. Led by some guy named Raphael Harvey-Pinard, the injury devastated Canadian skating circles around the Maple Leafs. In the grand scheme of things, it’s one period and one game, but it’s a bit worrying to see this type of episode happen again and again against inferior opponents. That was ugly. Furthermore, it just goes to show you that anything can happen on any given night in the NHL, no matter what the data or stats tell us. Entering the night, Toronto was plus-26 in the second frame on the season, while Montreal was minus-26. oops
Highlights of the night:
Coming into Scotiabank Arena on Monday night, the Leafs will tangle with the New York Islanders for the second of three against John Tavares’ former team this season. The Isles took the opener 3-2 in overtime on November 21st.